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2014-07-09 at NOON

Talks enter 11th hour

Dominic Pasqualinio, president of Unifor local 1075, says Bombardier workers are prepared to walk off the job Monday at 2 p.m. if a settlement isn’t reached.
Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com
Dominic Pasqualinio, president of Unifor local 1075, says Bombardier workers are prepared to walk off the job Monday at 2 p.m. if a settlement isn’t reached.
By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- Dominic Pasqualino is adamant Bombardier won’t get concessions from his union members as labour negotiations hit the 11th hour.

On Wednesday the president of Unifor Local 1075 bargaining unit drew a line in the sand, announcing workers will walk off the job at 2 p.m. on Monday if a deal isn’t reached by that time.
Talks are ongoing, which gives Pasqualino hope that an agreement is imminent.

“Nobody wants to walk off the job. We’re looking for a settlement here, but we won’t know until Monday at 2 p.m.,” he said.

“We’ve been talking every day, and I think that’s a good sign. The talks have been going back and forth and that’s the best that we can hope for at this point.”

Pasqualino said the union had to set a strike date because the company, which was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday, refuses to take the concessions off the table.

At stake are pension and benefit cuts, although Pasqualino would not say exactly what the company was seeking from his membership.

Bob Orr, an assistant to Unifor president Jerry Dias, said the talks are going fine, but they’re not out of the woods yet.

“We’ve been able to narrow the issues. We’re down the issues that are obviously most important to both sides. It’s a process and there’s certainly lots of time to reach a deal,” he said.

The union represents about 1,100 employees at Thunder Bay’s Bombardier plant. Their previous contract with the company expired on May 31.



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baffled says:
I find the comments on this site interesting whenever there is a local labour issue/controversy. People comment about no one deserving benefits, or act like the workers ought not stick up for themselves in order to protect their wages, pensions and positions. Who wants to work for $11/hour. No one. Who can live comfortably off $11/hour. No one. Look at the job bank. It is unbelievable how poor the wages are in this community. This is an employer holding on to the last decent manufacturing jobs that employ our neighbours, relatives and community members. People who frequent your places of business, buy things and use services where you are employed and pay taxes for the roads you also drive on. Don't jump on people or damn them for sticking up for their good jobs and wanting a healthy livelihood and future. You want those things too.
7/10/2014 1:59:39 PM
S Duncan says:
That union is the same people that publicly supported the liberals in the Ontario election.

The Ontario liberals are responsible for so many things that have taken my hard earned money and then used it to buy off these unions and butter up these people's "jobs".

The reason you cant live off $11/hr is because of taxes that consume 50+% of your income.

If you supported these guys you supported the pick pocketing of your fellow citizen. Personally I don't take kindly to thieves disguised as beggars.

I guess you do? Either that or you're blind to the reality that is occurring.
7/11/2014 11:27:42 AM
S Duncan says:
bye bye bombardier. Thanks for supporting the liberals! I'll be sure to not shed any tears for your unemployment woes.
7/10/2014 10:26:12 AM
fastball says:
It's how the dance is danced.
Management wants "this" - union says "Never"
Union wants "this" - management says "Never"
The next step dictates that the union threatens strike action, and management threatens to close the plant and move elsewhere.
At some point, invariably they meet in the middle.
It's just the mandatory steps in the dance.
7/10/2014 9:36:00 AM
Royalflush says:
Really a sad state of affairs. Government along with big business have created this situation with their free trade agreements. If you dont take wage cuts and or concessions, we will just move our manufacturing facilities to a country where we can hire slave labour. Dont blame Dominic, or the unions, for trying to maintain decent working conditions and a livable wage. Put the blame where it belongs, squarely on the shoulders of the corporate structure that rules North American economics today. Tne wealth of the U.S. Was created with slave labour, and has relied on slave labour to maintain its domination of world economics.
The unions are the main reason working people have enjoyed such a high standard of living in North America, but now have had their abilities to protect workers greatly diminished. We will soon be working for slave wages in dangerous conditions just like those poor workers in the Asian slave world. So good luck Dominic, you will need it.
7/10/2014 9:04:24 AM
Dockboy says:
The company has nothing to lose but lots to gain. This situation could get ugly.
7/10/2014 8:45:51 AM
tsb says:
No one in Thunder Bay deserves benefits!! If Mexicans can work like slaves, so should we!!!!

Where are all the good paying jobs btw?
7/10/2014 7:23:19 AM
Arch Stanton says:
Quote: Dominic Pasqualino is adamant Bombardier won’t get concessions from his union...

Of course he is, bless him. And when Bombardier pulls the plug on the TBay operation and transfers it all down to Mexico, he still won't care.... just as long as the last employee to leave is still on full Benefits & Pension(!)
7/9/2014 9:17:47 PM
orca says:
I wonder if they're still working with the same speed and efficiency as usual.
7/9/2014 7:16:46 PM
Rock49 says:
The union always pulls this bluff. They'll never strike. They know those cars can be built anywhere cheaper.
7/9/2014 4:41:28 PM
BetterThunderBay says:
You must be thinking of a different union. It was only three years ago (the last time their contract was up for negotiations) that they last went on strike.
7/10/2014 12:16:58 AM
ring of fire dude says:
11,000 jobs on the way to Mexico . Sad . Bombardier is just looking for any excuse to build in Mexico because of cheap slave labour and no safety standards .
7/9/2014 4:34:54 PM
hardrawkin says:
Where did you get the "11,000 jobs" from?
7/10/2014 6:30:09 AM
ibrando says:
Bombardier already has 3 manufacturing facilities up and running in Mexico. It definately is the 11th hour, not only for negotiations but also for the Thunder Bay facility.
7/10/2014 10:01:18 AM
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